I’m blessed that you are reading this and I pray that our Father will bless you as you consider defending an orphan by bringing him or her into your home. You will never be the same!
The selfish heart of man can first be observed in the Garden of Eden. It has spread across every continent, unchecked by culture or creed. This is a global crisis that only Jesus can cure. Even as we do life with fellow believers, it is all too easy to say it’s all about we. This appears in such a comment as Why worry about orphans in Africa, when we have our own problems in this country? The more we ask instead of act, the more harm than help we are to God’s kingdom. To care for an orphan means we sacrifice self. As long as I’m insulated in my safe little western world, the issue of orphan care stays away, hidden behind a world of material security and oceans of safety.
The Bible is not a leather-bound reference book. God wrote our Bible as a love letter, not an encyclopedia. “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” We can all agree that an orphan is one of the least of our society. How we view adoption and orphan care is connected to how we view our Savior.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 7:21) Those are strong words that leave no room for interpretation. Going on the journey of adoption helps us understand that one of the greatest acts of worship is to love people. As we decide to listen to Jesus and follow after what and who he loves, as we seek to be like Jesus, then we start watching the walls that we build in our relationships crumble.
Not only will our relationships become more real, but our hearts will begin to sing new songs. As we answer the call to defend the fatherless, God will lead us to a deeper understanding of the actual lengths He went for us in sending His only son. “But when the time had fully come, God sent his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law. That we might receive the full rights of sons.” Galatians 4:4,5 Adopting a child helps us dwell in God’s overflowing love.